Author: Paul Tonita

Paul Tonita is a partner at Pushor Mitchell who specializes in the areas of Business Law, Real Estate Development, and Estate Planning and Administration. Paul has extensive experience with commercial…

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The Speculation and Vacancy Tax has been in force in British Columbia since 2018 and owners of residential real estate in certain designated areas must file a declaration setting out how they use the property and whether it meets one of the exemptions.
Effective September 30, 2023, many of the COVID-related measures implemented by the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia will be retired.
As of October 1, 2020, private companies in British Columbia have been required to comply with disclosure requirements regarding their company’s beneficial ownership and control with the purpose of increasing corporate transparency to end hidden ownership.
The newly proposed draft Underused Housing Tax Act is the first federal legislation aimed at countering real estate speculation and vacancy rates in Canadian real estate.
There is a new publicly searchable registry in British Columbia – the Land Owner Transparency Registry. This Registry has been around for almost a year, but there is an upcoming deadline.
When looking a buying a business, buyers will often request that the sellers refrain from competing with the business for a period of time after completion of the sale.
Many of us take it for granted that we can meet with our lawyer in person to discuss and sign our estate planning documents which often include a will, power of attorney and representation agreement.
In our March edition of our Legal Alert, I wrote about the new disclosure requirements for BC companies to provide information regarding their beneficial ownership and control.
All British Columbia and federal corporations in Canada are required to complete annual filings with their respective corporate registry.
I have received numerous questions from clients worried about how and when to hold their annual general meetings.
Though these are challenging times for business owners, Pushor Mitchell’s lawyers are here to help. We strive to offer you suggestions and practical legal advice to keep you on track.
As part of a multinational commitment to end hidden ownership of companies, there are new requirements under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the “Act”) regarding beneficial ownership and control of companies which comes into effect May 1, 2020.

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